ARCHIVE: The Ultimate Hero – Smash Bros. x Dragon Quest ‘Hero’ DLC Review

The following piece was written in August 2019, as part of a Staff Writer Job Application. Sadly, I didn’t get the job but here’s my work for prosperity; A review of the then new Smash Bros. DLC Character, Hero from Dragon Quest (as this is review for DLC content, some preexisting knowledge of the game is presumed).

A new Challenger draws near, with sword and shield in hand, and more than a few tricks up their sleeve…

Released on 31st July, ‘Hero’ from Square Enix’s Dragon Quest series joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the second DLC Fighter. In typical Smash Bros. style, Nintendo announced a video presentation with series creator and director, Masahiro Sakurai on the 30th, which promised to reveal the release date of said Hero… less than 24 hours later, he was in our hands.

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A Year of Platinum Sound – Headset Review

Playstation Platinum Wireless Headset 12 Month Review

This time last year, I celebrated a milestone birthday as I turned 30 years old. I hardly consider that ‘elderly’, but I was asked if there was an extra special gift I might like to mark the occasion…

Earlier in 2018, I splashed out on PlayStation VR, a toy I’m still fairly obsessed with today. With Move Controllers, a great carry case, and a stack of quality titles, the one thing missing from my otherwise brilliant virtual reality was decent sound. I’d been making do with a pair of standard stereo Cowin E7 Headphones, but these were only a short term solution. Not only that, I knew the overall look of the VR Headset was incomplete. Sure, I can’t see myself playing while in VR, that doesn’t stop me from needing to be observed as the supreme oligarch of gaming I really am. How will anyone know how seriously I take my hobby unless I’m draped head to toe in matching branding and eye popping logos? This is just one of the reasons I chose to cash in my 30th for Sony PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset (PPWH).

Having used this Headset for almost 12 months, I feel I’m in a good position to provide a ‘living’ review of all its features, and report to the world just how successful an accessory they are.

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ARCHIVE: Animal Crossing New Leaf: Welcome amiibo, RETROSPECTIVE & REVIEW

This Review was originally written for a separate Blog, on 11 November, 2016. It’s included here for prosperity.

Originally released in Europe on 14th June 2013, Animal Crossing New Leaf broke new ground for the popular Life-Sim franchise, with fresh customisation and rewarding gameplay. Now more than three years later, the game has been given the most robust free update of any software in Nintendo’s history.

The new card set arrives in Europe 11th November!

The ‘Welcome amiibo‘ update adds a wealth of new content as well as functionality for a new range of amiibo cards and past amiibo figures. At just over a third of the New Leaf’s original download size, the new additions aim to keep even the most hardcore fans happy whilst also bringing in new players.

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DATA-DISCS Sonic CD Vinyl Release

This morning I finally got my hands on Data-Discs’ latest Video Game Vinyl offering, Sonic CD of Mega CD fame.

Of course, the recurring joke here will be that the CD quality audio which made Sega’s CD add-on for the Mega Drive so attractive is now available on Vinyl Record…

This release includes just the Japanese/European soundtrack. As many Sonic aficionados will already know, Sonic CD released with a totally different set of music in North America. The reasons for this are not entirely clear, though American composer Spencer Nilsen has stated the Japanese score simply wasn’t to Sega of America’s tastes, I’d like to know some more detail some day. Why Data-Discs didn’t compile the entire dual-soundtrack together in one release is also a mystery. Doing so means the classic ‘Sonic Boom’ anthem is sadly not included (‘You Can Do Anyhting’ by Keiko Utoku is also missing which is more than OK). That being said, you get a lot of bang for your buck here!

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Dragon Quest XI S Demo Impressions

Recently, Square Enix released an eShop demo of the long awaited Nintendo Switch port of Dragon Quest XI S.

Having not played the PlayStation 4 release a couple of years ago, or any Dragon Quest games at all for that matter, I was really excited to try it out.

Despite my lack of familiarity with DQ, I am aware of it’s ‘classical or… antiquated stylings. As a grandfather of the RPG genre, the game design deliberately holds on to hallmarks and traditionalisms which have helped maintain the series’ popularity in Japan. While that’s all well and good for nostalgic sound effects or recurring monster designs, the late 90s feeling character control and silent protagonist are the kind of retro elements that I can do without. Of course, this had a large influence on my opinion.

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